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Heckled comedian Kevin Bridges donates proceeds of turbulent Derry show to local charity

By Claire Williamson

Comedian Kevin Bridges has donated the proceeds from a troubled show in Derry to a local charity - after it was disrupted following persistent heckling from a woman in the crowd.

A woman who was said to be shouting abuse forced the Scottish funny-man off stage briefly as he started the first of five dates in Londonderry from July 17-21.

It was reported that the woman started heckling around 15 minutes after the show began on Friday night.

It is understood the comedian walked off stage at one point and the woman was asked to leave.

Bridges finished his run in Derry on Tuesday night and the Glaswegian comic has donated what is believed to be the proceeds of his turbulent Friday night gig at the Millennium Forum to local charity Children in Crossfire.

A spokeswoman for the Millennium Forum said: "Thanks to renowned comic, Kevin Bridges, for announcing last night that he is donating the proceeds of his Friday night gig at the Millennium Forum to local charity, Children In Crossfire.

"We are delighted to be involved in helping such a worthy cause.”

The exact amount donated to the charity remains unclear but the gesture was welcomed by Children In Crossfire Director and Founder, Richard Moore.

In an online video thanking Bridges Mr Moore said:  “I would like to take this opportunity to say a massive thank you to well-known comedian Kevin Bridges.

“Last night when the Millennium Forum contacted me to let me know you (Bridges) wanted to make a donation to Children in Crossfire, I have to say everyone here was really overwhelmed and moved by your very kind gesture.

“Children In Crossfire work in Tanzania and Ethiopia and we work with some of the most vulnerable children on the planet. Children that suffer everyday for not having access to proper food, proper medicine and clean water.

“Your donation will go towards helping those children, children that you will probably never ever get the chance to meet but you will play a significant part in their lives.

"So I just want to say to you Kevin I am really, really grateful for what you've done and I hope the rest of your tour goes well."

However Chief Executive of the Millennium Forum David McLaughlin described Friday's incident as "disappointing".

He said: “The Millennium Forum welcomes top comedian, Kevin Bridges, to our venue for five sold out nights.  We appreciate patrons’ respect for each other and the artist on stage and it was disappointing that one member of the audience did not extend this courtesy on Friday evening.

"We take all feedback on board and work hard to ensure all our patrons and performers enjoy their experience at our venue.  Kevin Bridges continues his sell-out gigs to much positive feedback from Derry audiences.”

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